Composer: Louis Bourgeois

Loys "Louis" Bourgeois (French: [buʁʒwa]; c. 1510 – 1559) was a French composer and music theorist of the Renaissance. He is most famous as one of the main compilers of Calvinist hymn tunes in the middle of the 16th century. One of the most famous melodies in all of Christendom, the Protestant doxology known as the Old 100th, is commonly attributed to him. See also in: Wikipedia  Go to person page >

Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel

Claude Goudimel; b. about 1505, Vaison, near Avignon, rance; killed in St. Bartholomew massacre, Lyons, France, Aug. 24, 1572 Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal, 1908 Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Louis Bourgeois (1551)
Harmonizer: Claude Goudimel (1551)
Incipit: 56543 24312 21155
Key: F Major
Source: Pseaulmes cinquante de David, 1547; Genevan Cantique de Simeon
Copyright: Public Domain


O Gladsome Light

Song of Simeon

Now may your servant, Lord,
according to your word,
depart in exultation.
My peace shall be serene,
for now my eyes have seen
your wonderful salvation.

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Louis Bourgeois (PHH 3) composed NUNC DIMITTIS for the Song of Simeon; the tune was first published in the 1547 edition of the Genevan Psalter. Claude Goudimel (PHH 6) wrote the harmonization in 1564 with the melody originally in the tenor voice. Some Christian denominations associate this tune with the ancient Greek "Candlelight Hymn," which begins with the words "O gladsome Light, O grace" in the translation by Matthew Bridges (PHH 410). --Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988


Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1021
  • Four-part harmony, full-score (PDF, NWC)
The Cyber Hymnal #4861
Text: O Gladsome Light
  • Adobe Acrobat image (PDF)
  • Noteworthy Composer score (NWC)
  • XML score (XML)
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #216
Text: Song of Simeon
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF, XML)
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
The United Methodist Hymnal #686
Text: O Gladsome Light
  • Bulletin Score (PDF)
  • Full Score (PDF)
  • Bulletin Score (melody only) (PDF)


Instances (1 - 24 of 24)Text InfoTune InfoTextScoreFlexScoreAudioPage Scan
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #20Text
Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #1021Tune InfoScoreAudio
Common Praise (1998) #13Text
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #17TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #572TextPage Scan
Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #672Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Hymnal 1982: according to the use of the Episcopal Church #36Text
Hymns to the Living God #343TextPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #393TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #935FlexscorePage Scan
Lutheran Service Book #888Text
Lutheran Worship #486TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #549TextPage Scan
Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #605Page Scan
Psalms for All Seasons: a complete Psalter for worship #1029Page Scan
Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #216Text InfoTune InfoScoreAudioPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #623TextPage Scan
Small Church Music #2544Audio
Small Church Music #3442Audio
The Cyber Hymnal #4861TextScoreAudio
The New English Hymnal #247TextPage Scan
The United Methodist Hymnal #686TextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #392TextPage Scan
Worship (3rd ed.) #679Text
Include 19 pre-1979 instances
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